If you want to see many of the junior gymnasts that could be making senior GB teams over the next ten years and beyond the Bill Slater Junior teams is a great place to start. This year the completion was held at the G1 Leisure centre in Gloucester, with 29 teams taking part over the two days of competition.
The youngest Gymnasts must turn nine within the year of competition making them British Level 4 gymnasts, the oldest can turn 15 making them second year juniors. This means there is a large seven year age range which obviously will have an effect on the scores and position of many of the teams with much younger gymnasts.
Only gymnasts who did not represent their clubs in the 2016 British Team Championships are eligible, leaving some teams unable to field their strongest espoir and junior gymnasts. The competition works on a 6-5-4 format, and follows the junior FIG code. Clubs may enter more than one team (Provided the limit of entires from separate clubs has not been reached), and are seeded on their results from the previous year, with clubs new to the competition contesting the early rounds on the Saturday, and those who did well the previous year competing on the Sunday.
Congratualtions to Notts ‘A’ who took the title by just under four points, this is encouraging for British teams next year, when it would be great to see these young gymnasts team up with the Downie sisters to contest the British Team title. Europa took the silver, they have a young team of gymnasts age eligible for the British Team championships as of next year, so we shall see whether they choose to move up to that level, or stay in the junior ranks for a little longer. The Academy took the bronze, another strong crop of youngsters coming through for the current British team champions.
2016 Champions Notts ‘A’
Silver medalists Europa
Bronze medalists The Academy
Congratualtions to all gymnast taking part, many will be finished for the year now, however we will see a few of these young gymnasts back in a couple of weeks for the British team championships, including top AA scorers of the day Europa’s Halle Hilton, and The Academy’s Phoebe Jakubczyk.
Top Ten AA
1= 49.950 Halle Hilton – Europa
1= 49.950 Phoebe Jakubczyk – The Academy
3. 49.700 Ramiyah Kofi – Notts ‘A’
4. 48.750 Rochelle Spencer-Smith – Heathrow
5. 48.200 Scarlett Williams – Notts ‘A’
6. 47.950 Jessica Seager – City of Newcastle
7. 47.900 Laura Cooke – The Norfolk Gymnastics Academy
8. 47.850 Chiara Bunce – Heathrow
9. 47.700 Megan Bridge – Gymmagic
10. 47.400 Rosie Bayliss – Europa
Notts ‘A’ 196.850
The Academy 186.900
The Norfolk Gymnastics Academy ‘A’ 186.150
Sofia Rodriquez Mendoza
Cardiff Central ‘A’ 180.500
South Durham ‘A’ 179.850
City of Newcastle 179.700
Park Wrekin 178.400
Bury Spectrum 177.600
Cardiff Central ‘B’ 176.500
The Norfolk Gymnastics Academy ‘B’ 175.800
City of Birmingham 173.050
Pipers Vale 172.700
Notts ‘B’ 171.650
Summer Rose Hill
Leatherhead and Dorking 168.55
South Durham ‘B’ 165.550
164.250 Ellan Vannin
Full results here: https://www.gymdata.co.uk/events/event-info.aspx?eid=688